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Powerage
     

Powerage

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by AC/DC
 

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Powerage was a first in the sense that it debuted bassist Cliff Williams, but it really is more of a final curtain to the band's early years. It would be the last produced by Vanda & Young, the legendary Australian production team who also helmed hits by

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Powerage was a first in the sense that it debuted bassist Cliff Williams, but it really is more of a final curtain to the band's early years. It would be the last produced by Vanda & Young, the legendary Australian production team who also helmed hits by the Easybeats, and it was the last before AC/DC became superstars. As such, it's perhaps the most overlooked of their '70s records, also because, frankly, it is the most uneven of them. Not that it's a bad record -- far from it, actually. There are a few genuine classics here, most notably "Down Payment Blues" and "Up to My Neck in You," and there's a real appeal in how Bon Scott's gutter poems of excess are reaching a mythic level; there's a real sense that he truly does believe that rock & roll leads straight to hell on "Rock 'n' Roll Damnation." But overall, the record is just a bit too wobbly, one where the parts don't add up to a record as hard and addictive as before -- but there's still plenty worth hearing here.

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Release Date:
04/29/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998020429
catalogNumber:
80204
Rank:
4375

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Powerage 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Mark1248 More than 1 year ago
This recording is the most underrated in the AC/DC catalog. Rock 'N Roll Damnation has an infectious groove (notice Angus' guitar sustain during the verse while Malcolm's has that familiar AC/DC staccato rhythm)...Down Payment Blues is a song many of the down and out may relate to...Gimme A Bullet has an awesome rhythm to it...Riff Raff is pedal to the metal hard rock at it's best...Sin City is a mid-tempo rocker...What's Next To The Moon rocks like no one's business, especially during the chorus, with all instruments hammering away in unison...Gone Shootin' has a very tasty guitar solo...Up To My Neck In You is a straight ahead, 12-bar blues workout with, again, a wonderful Angus Young solo...Kicked In The Teeth is another up-tempo rocker about a two-timing woman......It really seems that this album is probably the most well-rounded from a lyrical standpoint in the band's career. Also, Malcolm Young's rhythm guitar, which again has been grossly overlooked in many camps, really shows the grit, tone, and spirit of what good hard rock music should have. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of AC/DC's most underated efforts, Powerage is my favorite album. The songs are just pure blues-rock, and entirely raw. The last few songs are not filler, they are just as good as the rest of the songs. Riff Raff is fast all the way, Sin City is great, and What's Next to the Moon is AC/DC's most different song lyrically. The solo on Up To My Neck In You is very cool, and the song Kicked In the Teeth is raw and powerful. Powerage is a great album. If you don't have it already, buy it. It is definitely a classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Probubly my favorit ac/dc elbum this thing rocks with sin city / riff raff / and rock and roll damnation what more could you want this cd is up their with highway to hell and back in black this is high voltage all over again. in this one ac/dc has a blues feel to it . riff raff is awsome guitar werk , buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want non-stop rock, you got it. Malcolm Youngs rythym guitar not only pounds the pee pee out of you but does unusual harmonizing.Bon Scott howls and Angus rips, what else can I say. If you want hard blues rock, get it. Riff Raff will tear you apart, put your seatbelt on you goon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
AC/DC's "Powerage" is a criminally underrated record. Though it may not be packed with hits the way "Highway to Hell" and "Back in Black" are, I know I am not alone when I say I think it is the greatest studio record the band ever recorded. "Powerage" just flows so well and all the songs are among AC/DC's most underrated. Additionally, the production is perfect. It's raw and gritty it's not too heavy or too light. "Rock and Roll Damnation" gets things off to a great start and "Down Payment Blues" is a smoking blues number with a great bass riff. "Gimme a Bullet" is both poppy and gritty. This song is over way too soon. "Sin City" is the only true single from the record, but what a great single it is. The AC/DC dynamics are firmly in place and it just may be the highlight of the entire album. "What's Next to the Moon" is definately one of those songs more AC/DC fans need to hear. "Gone Shootin'" is a good, more subtle blues track and "Up to My Neck in You" is AC/DC at their perverted best. Don't get me wrong, any fan needs all early AC/ DC up to "Back in Black." But to me, "Powerage" remains their pinnacle. If you haven't heard it, do yourself a favor and lend an ear.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A favorite of Angus. AND WITH GOOD REASON. If you're an AC DC fan and you don't have this you are in for SURPRISE. SIN CITY is one of their best. I'm surprised it isn't on AC DC live. This pure Marshall amp tone RULES. Down Payment Blues has more chords than usual, (of interest to the guitar player)!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you know AC/DC, then you know that their roots are in blues. This album is a perfect example. Believe it or not, Angus Young himself said this is his favorite AC/DC album out there! That should be enough proof to make you buy it. Filled with under-rated songs, Powerage is one of the greats in my book!
BarreChord More than 1 year ago
yes- a REAL Hidden-Sleeper. DownPaymentBlues-- and its possible use of a BarreChord progression. RiffRaff-- and its use of a Scale-Note Sequence progression for the most part. GOOD Performance-Guitar Sound Quality. The Song writing is often more Fluid-Authentic when compared to other AC-DC efforts. A lot of Good ROCK music here. Template Stuff-- for all you GuitarSongWriterRockTypes.
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